Every dog trainer hates me for telling you this for free. Well, the dog is out of the crate now!
Is your dog high energy? What about over excitable with no impulse control? Anxious, shy, aggressive or out of control?
This will help you improve jumping, nipping, stealing food, pulling on a leash, counter surfing, zooming around, stealing food or other objects like shoes, separation anxiety, even aggression and reactivity.
This is as close to a “quick fix” you’ll ever find!
Just be honest with yourself.
How much exercise and mental stimulation is your pup actually getting? Are you struggling to keep up?
Let’s fix that immediately to restore peace at home.
Making sure you’re meeting exercise needs (in a way that works with your life) can be as simple as trying these easy ideas!
Keep a log book of how many minutes of exercise, cardio, training, or socializing with a friendly dogs, and even trips out. Then, rate your dogs behavior after every session. It will get better!
Find out just how much exercise you need to provide enough every.single.day.
MUST CHECK OUT – Flirt Pole
(Prices below current as of 2/25/2020.)
This is my favorite toy!!! It’s lazy exercise and training for you. It’s called a flirt pole. I carry one with me everywhere I go! It is an awesome way to train and play at the same time – all while exercising! Watch the video after the photo to see how it’s used!
There are rules to this game. They help you train your dog while playing.
Rule #1 Dogs must stay and wait patiently and politely until the game starts.
Rule #2 The game doesn’t start until you say your release word – “release”, “okay”, “free doggie!!!”.
Rule #3 Your dog always wins the toy. (!!!)
Rule #4 Once your dog gets the toy, ask for a “drop”. If your dog drops it, start playing again!
All with minimal effort from you.
Another easy trick:
Put treats or dry dog food in toys. This is one of the best and super durable. I’ve had mine for at least 8 years and it’s still in great shape!
At the moment, I feed my dog out of this toy all the time. Keep your dog busy!
Next up: KONG Classic/Extreme Toys
Start by putting some peanut butter around the room and freeze. Do this until your dog loves this toy! Then check out my blog post, this Kong toy is big chewer approved. Check out my post for some fun and creative ways to fill this toy for tons of entertainment. Easy ideas include a swipe of peanut butter or cream cheese but can include just about anything that is dog safe. These keep my Tank busy for a looong time!
Raw marrow bones can be bought at the butcher. Try Robs meat in Dyer, Howard’s in Munster, or Lange’s in Michigan City. You can purchase at a lot of pet stores for triple the price.
Do not purchased cooked or smoked bones as they can easily splinter.
They are an excellent way to keep teeth clean and can be a safe way to chew away boredom. Watch your dog carefully the first few times to make sure your dog isn’t going overkill. Chewing can also help relieve stress in dogs. Do be sure to give in a crate or on another easily sanitized surface. I have found these available for purchase at speciality the butcher pet boutiques, pet stores, and even once at Strack’s. Be sure to check with your veterinarian to make sure this is a good choice for your dog.
A new winner!The new and improved “Licki mat”! Soothe your dog and occupy him at the same time:
NEW WHAT IS THIS “FOOBLER”?
Pretty sure it’s going to be a huge favorite in this house. Just ordered this and I’m geeked. It has 6 compartments so dry food can come out at different intervals. Set at every 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes. It will ring a bell when the food is available. Review to come soon. Do not use with treats.
- Have your dog search for food! Hide small bowls around your house each containing some of your dog’s dry food or dump it in the grass to search harder!
- Play Find it! Here’s a few games to get started by checking out this link at my blog. Easy and entertaining!
- Use your dog’s meal time for short training sessions with dry food as the reward.
- Take enrichment walks by hiding food along your path – and do some training at the same time.
- Teach your dog to heel politely with you so you walks can be a workout and fun!
Home made toys can be another fun option! Check out some of these great ideas from BarkPost. Home made toys tend to be less durable but are fun and inexpensive to make. Picured at left is an easy to make treat dispenser from a few pieces of PVC found at a local hardware. Get out your drill and voila!
P.S. Join the “Canine Enrichment” group on Facebook.
One last tip for busy families:
Consider hiring a pet sitter to exercise and play with your dog during the day.
Thanks for reading! Never hesitate to ask questions via comment, phone, text or email.
Andrea Kutzko Dog Training